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Gary Fisher Paragon 29er converted to touring from WI to MN

Old 06-11-12, 11:01 AM
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Gary Fisher Paragon 29er converted to touring from WI to MN

Got the bike a few yrs ago new, have hardly ridden it maybe a few hundred miles. Put a riser Monkey bar, 47-622 continental top contact tires, rear rack, planet bike rear fender and shock blade front fender and have been pulling a equinox trailer with it. This year I may use this bike to do a 1 wk ride into MN along the Root River total miles about 500-600. This will be tent touring. I have been debating using this vs my Cromoton Americano. Because I am riding about half the ride on Wisconsin crushed limestone, I thought the slightly wider tires might help. In addition it has a Reba front shock which can be activated while riding and then turn down to very stiff while not having to stop. I have the shock inflated to the max so the shock is very stiff when turned "off". Going down the big hills near Houston MN the disc brakes could prove to be helpful. I have the handlbars padded with Grab On super bike foam padding. This has been a comfortable bike to ride so far on my 50 mile rides. I also have a xcaliber which I have identical set up. the xcaliber is the same bike except the components are a little less pricy. Just thought I would let others know if they are thinking of converting a MTN bike to a touring bike.
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I always think these 29ers are more suited for offroad touring than typical 26" MTBs; large wheels are more suited for difficult terrain unless you need manoeuvrability, but that's difficult to have with luggage anyway. 29" knobby tires seem ideal for long loaded rides on trails and gravel.
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be cool to see some pics of the 29'ers and the Americano.....
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Have you done much riding on the rail trails? I have ridden nearly every one in the state and any tire over 32 mm is quite suitable for any trail. A front shock is not nessesary, the trails are much smoother than county roads in my opinion. I dont mean to be overly harsh, but I either of your bikes will do fine on the trails if the Americano has 32 or larger tires. Have a great tour.
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I have ridden probably several thousand miles on the state bike trails and know them well. This is my 4th trip to MN on a bike. The other 3 were with a tricumbent. I will see how to post pics of the bikes, not sure how this is done.
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Here we go with my attempt at pictures please bear with me
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The Gary Fisher pictures show the mods I made to the bike. Both bikes have the handlebars up higher than traditional placement due to the pain I get when I am in a lower position. I realize that it is not as efficient, but this allows me to bike because I have tried lower positioning and many different variations to come to these handlebar positions to eliminate back pain. The gearing on both bikes is very close. The bag on the rack of the Cromoton was made by my wife to carry a pump. I bought the wrong size and being so cheap, she made me a bag to keep it in and put it on my rack for now. The Gary fisher shows the trailer hitch attachment for the equinox trailer. It is the same mount for the cromoton. Anyway here they are and sorry for the multiple posts but inserting pictures for me was a learning experience.
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nice looking rides, to be sure - thanks for sharing with us!
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